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Manchester United battling Arsenal for MLS star that could mean end of £4.3m Erik ten Hag investment last year

Arsenal and Manchester United set to compete for Patrick Schulte.
Arsenal and Manchester United set to compete for Patrick Schulte.

Arsenal and Manchester United set to compete for Patrick Schulte

Arsenal and Manchester United are both eyeing Columbus Crew goalkeeper Patrick Schulte as a potential backup option. The 23-year-old has garnered interest from both clubs, indicating a potential bidding war for his signature in the upcoming summer transfer window.

According to The Express, the Columbus Crew man is certainly someone who is garnering interest from the Premier League duo. If all goes well, he could very well make the mvoe across the Atlantic sooner rather than later.

Arsenal and Manchester United set to compete for Patrick Schulte.
Patrick Schulte has been linked with a move to Premier League.

It appears that both Arsenal and Manchester United have goalkeeping concerns leading them to consider signing Schulte. For Arsenal, ensuring a capable replacement for Aaron Ramsdale is crucial to avoid past mistakes, while Manchester United may need to address their goalkeeper situation with Tom Heaton aging and Altay Bayindir seeking more playing time elsewhere.

Schulte’s availability presents an opportunity for both clubs to bolster their goalkeeping options. A mvoe to Old Trafford will more or less bring Bayindir’s £4.3m summer move to a premature end.

What problems does Patrick Schulte solve for either clubs

Arsenal and Manchester United set to compete for Patrick Schulte.
What problems does Patrick Schulte solve at United? (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Schulte will be out of contract with his current employers at the end of 2024, which means that a deal to bring the USNMT star to England could be done at a relatively low price unless he extends his stay with the Crew.

Having a reliable backup goalkeeper is crucial to maintain the team’s performance level in case the first-choice goalkeeper is unavailable. United should seize the opportunity with both hands. Beating Arsenal to the punch will only make it sweeter.

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At United, the 23-year-old’s role would be clear as we approach the summer transfer window. He could be the number three keeper if Bayindir has a change of heart and ends up staying at the club, which looks bleak at the moment.

It is important for Erik ten Hag to get a second-choice goalkeeper who is going to develop and compete for a while rather than have an annual turnover in the position.

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Written by Jainil Shah

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